SMITH: FORMER LEGISLATOR IMPARTED MANY LESSONS
"One time Joe (Shoemaker) needed a vote on a workman’s compensation bill and asked me for it early in the session. I was a freshman and agreed. Soon, however, representatives from organized labor came down hard on me. They were lobbying very hard to kill this bill and wanted my vote. I told them that I had given my word to Joe but they still urged me to vote against the bill. So I went to Joe to explain my problem.
HUDSON: GREED TOO RESIDES IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
The American political system appears incapable of an honest conversation about the “Great Recession” of the past few years.
PENRY: OUT OF THE CLOSET IN MY SUPPORT OF A DEMOCRAT
Republicans have a hard time figuring out exactly what do in a Denver Mayor’s race. I mean, of course we vote — dutiful and civic-minded patriots that we right-wingers are. But that’s where any semblance of certainty ends in a race like this.
TEEGARDEN: The Civil War Sesquicentennial
Last Tuesday, April 12, was the “official” start of our four-year Sesquicentennial remembrance of the American Civil War. That’s the date in 1861 when the federal Fort Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, was attacked.
JACKSON: JUST IN TIME FOR EARTH DAY
Colorado consumers face a dilemma: How can we continue to conveniently travel on a daily basis to work, school or home while limiting our impact on the environment?
HUDSON: RUINED IS GRIPPING THEATER
Ruined by Lynn Nottage, and directed by Seret Scott. Playing at the Ricketson Theater through April 30 at the DCPA.
This 2009 Pulitzer Prize winning drama has been a much-anticipated production and it does not disappoint.
TEEGARDEN: RELIVING CIVIL WAR HISTORY
The twelve days from April 4 through April 15 commemorate some of the most significant events in America’s Civil War history:
Congratulations and condolences to those legislators who have volunteered to serve on the Joint Budget Committee and are now struggling to put together the Long Bill. These days, it must be an excruciating process of cutting and slashing to reach a balanced budget with declining revenues.
TEEGARDEN: A LINK TO THE PAST
I am always on the lookout for Colorado connections to the American Civil War. Last week (Friday, March 25), I was thrilled to receive word, through the Civil War Trust, that Colorado’s very own Ken Salazar, in his role as U.S. Secretary of the Interior, announced the acquisition by the National Park Service of a critical 95-acre “in-holding” at Gettysburg Battlefield.
HUDSON: THINKING WE MUST RETURN TO THE PAST IS EVEN SCARIER
In the 16th century the Japanese Shoguns outlawed firearms in favor of Samurai swordsmanship. This prohibition held up for nearly 300 years, until the appearance in Edo harbor of Commodore Matthew Perry’s squadron of heavily armed warships demanding trade privileges for American merchants.